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Old 11-14-2015   #1
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iPad Pro...photo editing

I got an iPad Pro Wednesday upon release.

Wondering if anyone else has one, and if they've done any editing on it. I've been working and haven't had an opportunity to play with it yet. Will it handle Leica RAW files? Is the Photoshop robust? Can you save files out via the SD card in the camera connection accessory?

By the way...images are absolutely amazing on the screen.
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I've not used the iPad Pro, but I've processed JPEG files using the Filterstorm app, mainly while on the road. It does a decent job. There are lots of other apps, too.

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Not with the iPad Pro - but with other iPads, (Android) Nexus and (Windows) Surface tablets. Except on the Surface (which can run the regular Windows version of PS, LR etc.) all tablet photo editing software is limited in features compared to the PC versions - but few people will actually use the prepress functions that are entirely missing. Worse is that there are no evolved paradigms for touch screen photo editing. Usability is a horror, compared to established mouse/keyboard/pen tablet handling, so that desktop PS or LR on the Surface is quite as limited as the more restricted iOS/Android versions, in that you can neither access nor control most functions without many undo steps...
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Not with the iPad Pro - but with other iPads, (Android) Nexus and (Windows) Surface tablets. Except on the Surface (which can run the regular Windows version of PS, LR etc.) all tablet photo editing software is limited in features compared to the PC versions - but few people will actually use the prepress functions that are entirely missing. Worse is that there are no evolved paradigms for touch screen photo editing. Usability is a horror, compared to established mouse/keyboard/pen tablet handling, so that desktop PS or LR on the Surface is quite as limited as the more restricted iOS/Android versions, in that you can neither access nor control most functions without many undo steps...
If you're using a Surface, I highly recommend something like Radial Menu, which puts a smaller screen keyboard on top of the running app.

Not quite as good as a keyboard and mouse, but great for plane trips and lap use.
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I would think it would be pretty easy to edit photos on it since photo editing is either choosing the photos to use or culling the ones to not use.
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I use a free app called snapseed for my JPEG editing on an ipad2.
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Thanks for the responses.

Just to clarify...I haven't tried on my own iPad Pro yet...only had it three days...but it specs differently from previous iPads. 4GB RAM, very robust and fast processor/graphics co-processor, and during the Apple intro event, Adobe was on hand touting it's Photoshop-ported image EDITING software. I assume they haven't yet created software to pick out my selects.

Anyway, seems like it has the oomph to crunch pixels, but still curious about sending large RAW images on the round trip, like I would using a desktop-class computer. Also, I'm curious to see if using the Apple Pencil (smart stylus) will enhance the pixel-level image EDITING as if it were a Wacom or something like that. Those Pencil accessories are like unicorns right now...spoken about, but not seen.

At some point soon I'm sure I'll find out for myself...just wondering if anyone else has been trying the new hardware.
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Nobody else yet? I still haven't been able to attempt on mine, yet.
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Nobody else yet? I still haven't been able to attempt on mine, yet.
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The issue with iOS has always been the lack of software apps for processing raw files. But there are plenty for JPEG processing. So while your tablet has the horsepower, it's the software that you might be waiting on.

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... PS or LR on the Surface is quite as limited as the more restricted iOS/Android versions, in that you can neither access nor control most functions without many undo steps...
... if you attempt to use only the touch interface unaided. Using a HID device (mouse/pen/keyboard) or an on-screen HID simulator (on-screen keyboard as provided by the OS plus something like TouchMousePointer) will give decent functionality.

I've used Ps and Lr on my 8" Windows tablet (Dell Venue 8 Pro) quite successfully with simply running TouchMousePointer along with the system's on-screen keyboard. Keyboard+Mouse combination functions (e.g. Ps's Spacebar+mouse drag to get temporary access to the Hand Tool, ...) don't work, but there are other ways to get the same function though they are less elegant. When possible/practical, I use a real mouse via Bluetooth but anyone needing to run Windows Desktop apps in a pure touch tablet environment should look at adding TouchMousePointer.
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I would think it would be pretty easy to edit photos on it since photo editing is either choosing the photos to use or culling the ones to not use.
Yeah. Terminology abuse, I agree. But the new terms of reference have it thus. You and I might call it retouching at the least, egregious manipulation at the worst, with color-correction and compositing in the middle perhaps. Perhaps because of word processor menu labeling, folks think that changing content is editing. One editor I worked for called it processing, not in the darkroom sense, but rather as in "processed cheese" or "meat". I leave it to the imagination.

But to the, er, meat of the question: I and one other person in our group have been using eye-fi cards to get jpegs to our iPads and phones in the field for over a year. He works in much sketchier places than I do and uses an iPhone. I think it's a five-something. He likes the fact that he can wipe the phone pretty quickly if things get really stupid.

I use an iPad (just upgraded from the first mini to a mini "latest") and an iPhone 6+ but I'm finding that my interest in carrying the iPad has waned. It usually winds up in the hotel safe or the trunk of the car. I watch movies on it. The camera (sometimes two) and phone combo is like having an agency office in your pocket and is insanely powerful. I have no experience with an iPad Pro - looks interesting, though. Some of us would be interested in the experience of others as well.
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